Place of Birth. Education. Born in Halmstad, Sweden. He graduated from Stockholm University.
Career. At the beginning of his career, Carl Bildt served as chairman of the confederation of Swedish conservative and liberal students.
1979-1981 – Secretary of State in the coordinating secretariat of the government.
In 1979 he became a member of parliament. As a deputy, Carl Bildt actively entered into heated debates on international politics, opposed Olof Palme, who at that time was the prime minister.
In 1986, Carl Bildt was elected leader of the Moderate Party of Moderators, remaining in this post until 1999.
From 1991 to 1994 – Prime Minister of Sweden During his government began negotiations on Sweden’s accession to the European Union. In 1994, Bildt signed the EU accession treaty.
1992-1999 – Chairman of the International Democratic Union.
In 1995-1997 served as EU Special Representative for the former Yugoslavia and High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In 1999-2001 was the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Balkans.
1997-2003 – a member of the board of directors of the oil company Lundin Oil (now Lundin Petrolium), which was suspected of involvement in the death of 10 thousand people and the deportation of 200 thousand people from southern Sudan. An investigation was launched against Bildt, and opposition leaders in parliament demanded his resignation.
In February 2005, Carl Bildt started his blog, which is currently one of the most read political blogs in Sweden.
From October 6, 2006 to October 3, 2014 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden.
In May 2008, Carl Bildt and his Polish counterpart Radosław Sikorski presented the Eastern Partnership at the EU Council. This program was written not specifically for Ukraine, but with the thought of it. In Russia, it was regarded as the desire of the European Union to remove the former republics of the USSR from the influence of the Russian Federation and therefore actively opposed it.
Interesting Facts. Bildt is one of the first politicians to actively use the Internet. So, on February 4, 1994, he sent an email to US President Bill Clinton, which was the first such message at the intergovernmental level. In the letter, he supported Clinton’s decision to lift the economic embargo on Vietnam. Currently, Carl Bildt uses Twitter extensively. In 2008 Carl Bild opened his YouTube channel.
Carl Bildt is also known for his harsh criticism of Israel.
After WikiLeaks released secret diplomatic documents, it emerged that American diplomats considered Bildt to be “stubborn”, “overconfident” and having “limited diplomatic ability”. Bildt has been described as imagining he has more weight and influence than he actually does, and has been compared to “a medium-sized dog with a big demeanor”.
Awards. Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas (2009). Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2009).
Family. Three kids. Wife – Italian Anna Maria Corazzo. She is currently a Member of the European Parliament for Sweden. Corazzo, like her husband, is related to Ukraine: she, along with other European parliamentarians, prepared a resolution on the results of the parliamentary elections in 2012. In the same year, Anna Maria Corazzo Bildt expressed her opinion on the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko by coming to lunch with President Viktor Yanukovych in Davos wearing a “Free Yulia!” T-shirt.